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The story of Tang and her gallant crew ranks with the most amazing of naval history.

Between August 1943 when she was commissioned and her loss in fall 1944, Tang completed four missions and was on her fifth in the Formosa Strait, single-handedly demolishing a convey. During this time, Tang had one captain: Commander Richard Hetherington O'Kane. Together, Tang, her crew of 86 men, and her captain sank more tonnage and more enemy ships than any other submarine on active patrol. 

Whether rescuing Navy fliers off Truk or stalking enemy convoys off Japan, Tang carried the war to the enemy with unparalleled ferocity.

©1977 Richard H. O'Kane (P)2020 Tantor

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An Admiral gives a lively portrayal of ww2 sub

What I would have preferred is his life story going through all the trials and tribulations of his Navy career leading up to commanding the Tang. That makes the beginning a little slow since he just touches on his life leading up to the main event. But once he gets to the point, it becomes very interesting. The Admiral shares what it is really like to captain a sub during WW2. Not just any sub, but one that saw a lot of action.

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TANG was far and away the best of a great lot!

I originally read this book when it first came out in paperback and became a fan of all Submarine books. This is a MUST READ! In all of military history books! Dick O'kane is a legend in Submarine warfare. Tangs record of ships sunk in basically 4 patrols, with the 5th being mostly a lifeguard patrol has NO equal in Submarine history! Had Tang not been lost by the tragedy of her last patrol, she might have gone on to many more sinkings! O'kane and Tang were the best!

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Tang America’s fighting submarine

What a great book. Come aboard Tang and fight your way with its crew. Great narration and stunning details put you in the fight.

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The top five books I've ever read or listen to

Perhaps because I was in the submarine service I could almost put myself onboard the Tang. almost but certainly not like the brave crew aboard her. Never a braver bunch of men ever lived.

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the end of the story was best

the story itself was exciting especially at the end. knowing nothing of submarines or the language made it a bit monotonous listening to the locations etc. my heart swells with pride for the men who served and sad that many never got the credit they deserved

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Excellent!

Very through account. Complements his book on Wahoo. You get a better appreciation of the skill, patience and bravery of our civilian and professional troops.

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Great Story

I must have read 3 times since would listen while falling asleep after setting the timer. The next night I’d realize I fallen asleep early so I’d reset.

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A great story!!!

I really enjoyed this audio book. The narration was great!

Highly recommend to anyone. Especially for those persons going into any type of command or leadership role.